World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2010

21 November 2010, Haryana, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and the tri-city of Chandigarh.

HARYANA

The Haryana Police became the first Police Department to observe the United Nations World Day of Remembrance for Road Accident Victims at a State level function.

  • “Half Pages” Memorial Messages were published in all leading English and Regional Languages.
  • A Remembrance and Road Safety message was put on all Toll Plazas in the state, the message reached out to nearly one hundred thousand Road Users as nearly fifity thousand vehicles crossed these toll plazas.
  • The Director General Police, Haryana Police was the Chief Guest at Ambala, Haryana. Nine senior police officers were also present.
  • Haryana paid homage to the victims of road crashes and expressed his solidarity with their families. A two minute silence was observed and 320* balloons were released in the memory of the departed souls. He lamented the loss of 4553 lives in roads accidents in Haryana in 2009 alone.
  • A twelve year old girl student read out the message of UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon on the WDOR.
  • The DGP honoured three residents who selflessly helped road accident victims.
  • He emphasized that a coordinated effort would be made with the support of Engineering, Transport and Health departments to reduce the number of accidents in the state.
  • He directed the Superintendent Police of all districts of Haryana to make a concerted effort in this direction with the support of the local people to start a crusade to decrease the Road Accidents.
  • He directive to all Haryana Police staff instructing drivers of Government vehicles to practice road safety, including by wearing safety helmets, seatbelts, obeying speed limits and avoiding the use of mobile phones and other distractions on the lines of the directive given by UN, Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

ArriveSAFE designed mementos with UN “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020” tag that were given to the decision makers.

CHANDIGARH TRI-CITY

The volunteers of ArriveSAFE sent a strong audio/visual message to the city residents by setting up an exhibition in the the city center.

  • A giant public gong was hit every 24 seconds. The sound of each hit on the gong signified that another person has lost his or her life somewhere on the World’s roads.The sound drew the attention of those who would missed the exhibition.
  • The message of UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon was given to the print/electronic media.

ANDHRA PRADESH

A Non Resident India, Mr. Ananda promised to distribute the ArriveSAFE Road safety Handbooks and CDs in the local language [Telugu] in the schools of one district.
The delivery of the books got delayed in transit otherwise they would have been distributed on the WDOR.

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